Prosperous Chinese Risk Fortune For Protest

Bloomberg reports that even some of China’s most financially successful citizens have risked their fortunes and faced arrest after protesting for greater freedoms on the street:

Wang, a company manager who drives a BMW sport-utility vehicle and owns two homes, is an unlikely street protester. He’s ridden China’s economic boom that lifted hundreds of millions from poverty and created a middle class. Yet he says he’s prepared to risk his comfortable life to speak out.

While street protesters are a tiny minority in the country of 1.3 billion people, they get wider support on the Internet from those with whom their message strikes a chord. For President Xi Jinping, public dissent may undermine the party’s authority, especially at a time when economic growth is slowing.

“I used to consider making it my life goal to become filthy rich,” Wang says. “I believe my life will be more meaningful if I spend it fighting a totalitarian power.”[Source]

Read more about Wang Aizhong and the Southern Street Movement at China Change.